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This Resource Sheet examines evidence for the effectiveness of mentoring programs in helping to set Indigenous young people at risk of engaging in antisocial and risky behaviours on healthier life pathways.
Mentoring is a relationship intervention strategy that research is showing...
This brief describes some of the promising efforts to reduce Indigenous family violence in Australia and overseas, including both government and community initiatives, as well as support mechanisms and measures for victims.
The issue of family violence in Indigenous communities across Australia has been...
This report is a literature review on Indigenous women’s offending patterns and therefore provides an important contribution to understanding an often neglected area of criminal justice. The report presents information on Indigenous women as offenders and prisoners, as well as considering the issue...
When sentencing Indigenous offenders, courts in Australia and New Zealand do their work in the knowledge that the rates of Indigenous imprisonment are much higher than the rates for the community as a whole.
This brief seeks to provide an evidence base for the...
This report examines how improve policing services and extend these services to more communities.
The review makes recommendations around consistent service standards; recruitment, training and development; and resource planning and funding considerations for extending policing to remote communities in the Northern Territory.
Looking at the patchy attention paid to the 'Standard Indigenous Question' by police around Australia, this article discusses the practical difficulties in developing appropriate policy responses to ensure that Indigenous victims of sexual violence are properly protected by the mainstream criminal justice system.
The issue of appropriate legal and social supports is critical to the question of Indigenous overrepresentation in the criminal justice system. This article discusses this relationship, arguing that the overwhelming emphasis on communities' criminal law needs distracts from other equally important, though perhaps less urgent,...
It is not a new observation that Indigenous people in Australia experience violence at a higher rate than the general population. The impact of violence on Indigenous people and their communities has been widely documented by government and non-government inquiries, reports and commentaries. As...
This brief focuses on Indigenous sentencing courts, which operate in all Australian states and territories except Tasmania.
These courts have been established according to protocols and practices, and can be distinguished from more informal practices that occur in remote areas where judicial officers travel...